St Andrew Catholic Church
1400 Inglewood Ave
Rochester, MI 48307
I have not shot in the main sanctuary, but earlier shot in the small chapel at St. Andrew.
Interior – Being a chapel the space is rather small , but nicely intimate. As you look at the alter there is a very large crucifix commanding your view, just behind the alter. There is Mary to the left and jesus with a couple to the right. The chapel has 5 or 6 rows of seats in an arc facing the alter.
We were there on a heavy overcast afternoon and the light levels were pretty dark. The lighting on the wall behind the alter is pretty bright and where the bride and groom stand is not as well lit. What you get are ceremony images that are somewhat contrasty with a very bright background. Not unpleasing, just different. Because of the low lights I had to use a rather high ISO and will be challenged with noise when processing the images. The formals work just fine at the alter
The weather on our day wasn’t not cooperation, in fact is was really sh#%y, so we chose to do romantics inside. The main entrance to the church has some pretty OK stained glass doors and some interesting ramps. The windows outside the chapel work well for window lit portraits.
Exterior – The exterior is non-traditional, modern light colored brick with a copper topped roof. The chapel is a very nice small space at the back of the main church. There is not much other than parking lot surrounding the church. Howlett Park is a bit a of a walk south from the church and has a nice bridge, pond and slight rolling hills. It was sleeting our day, so we stayed inside.
Rooms – The room the bride gets ready in is one of the main church Crying Rooms. It is plain, simple and large enough for a small wedding party. We did not have a room for the guys.
Parking and Loading – The parking lot surrounds the church, so parking and loading is very easy.